Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Book Club: Last Child in the Woods

Most of us have heard someone mention Richard Louv's book, Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder, at some time or another. It's an important text that outlines the crucial role that nature plays in the lives of children.  Mr. Louv coined the term "nature-deficit disorder"to describe the consequence of children losing regular contact with nature (which helps to promote physical and emotional health for that matter). He sees this as a disorder of society and our modern technologies as contributing to the decline of our contact with nature.

But we don't have to take big steps to introduce nature in our children's lives, we just need to get outside-regularly. A park, a patch of dirt, some local countryside. It's about engaging our children with what matters for their health and well-being and dis-connecting (even if for 30 minutes a day) to the internet and mobile.

And it's not just good for our children, it's good for us adults as well.

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